Join Nation Books author Ryan Berg at the Search for Meaning Book Festival at Seattle University on Saturday, February 25th. Berg is the author of the acclaimed, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family, and Other Transgressions which traces the efforts of homeless LGBTQ youth to break away from dangerous sex work and cycles of drug and alcohol abuse, and, in the process, to heal from years of trauma.
In No House to Call My Home, Berg investigates the causes of youth homelessness, which are varied. From lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse, to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity. A disproportionate number of homeless youth (40%) identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Many are living in the streets and vulnerable to exploitation.
Communities have to find creative solutions to LGBTQ youth homelessness. The Host Home model is an ‘outside-the-system’ community and volunteer-based response to youth homelessness. It offers a transformative and intimate approach to providing LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness with homes and support.
Ryan Berg will read from No House to Call My Home (2015) and end with a discussion about the host home model and how it can be applied to communities across the country to best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.
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|Start:||February 25, 2017 at 2:30 PM|
|End:||February 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM|
|Where:||Seattle University - Sullivan 101
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122